Hand in Hand Support
Hand in Hand provides regular, flexible, meaningful support for anyone aged fourteen or older who is either seeking to recover from their own eating disorder or to support themselves and their loved ones through another’s journey to recovery.
Hand in Hand participants are paired with a trained Looking Glass volunteer who is deemed a good match for them based on their interests and background, and the kind of support they need. Once connected, each participant / volunteer match commits to engage in confidential, caring support through regular (usually weekly) conversations either in person, by phone, or online.
Hand in Hand support differs from our Online Peer Support in that participants engage 1:1 with the same volunteer for a committed period of time. The focus of Hand in Hand is to support individuals wherever they are in their unique recovery journey and to help them discover what they are capable of achieving, as they are ready. Many Hand in Hand volunteers have first hand experience with an eating disorder, so they know that recovery is possible and understand that an individual’s struggle can have many dimensions. The focus is on the whole individual, not just the eating disorder.
Hand in Hand group support will be offered wherever we have enough participants who want to be a part of a group, who are in a similar stage of recovery, and who are close enough in life-milestones to feel connected.